STOP THE CORRUPTION.
STOP THE CORRUPTION.
Multiple documents, witnesses (including names of airport employees willing to speak with the Media, but would like to remain anonymous to protect their job and livelihood), photographic evidence, and videos, etc. will remain confidential at this time for purposes of pending litigation and strategical reasons. Exceptions can be made on a case by case basis for cooperating News outlets.
(6) unlawful filed liens (on aircraft owned by Heli Aviation), by Dolphin Aviation and Airport Authority, who have admitted they are not owed any money by Heli Aviation, and have no agreement granting lien rights to assets. Dolphin is continuously filing liens to harass the company after failed eviction attempt.
More details coming soon... Witnesses and Airport Employee names will remain confidential at this time for purposes of pending litigation and strategical reasons.
Mr. Herle's Defense Attorney Richard Eisenberg caught Sgt. Jeremy Beal lying under oath during deposition regarding the alleged Trespass, that resulted in Mr. Herle's Bond revocation.
Mr. Herle's Defense Attorney Richard Eisenberg caught Officer Julio Gonzales lying under oath during deposition regarding the alleged Aggravated Assault case.
Mr. Herle's Defense Attorney Richard Eisenberg caught Officer Julio Gonzales lying under oath during deposition regarding the alleged Aggravated Assault case.
Mr. Herle's Defense Attorney Richard Eisenberg caught Officer Julio Gonzales lying under oath during deposition regarding the alleged Aggravated Assault case.
No time to read this page? We made it easy with an Audio version.
This is a timeline of events detailing the SRQ Airport Authority’s use of their police force, to wrongfully accuse and harass the CEO of a company, they sought to remove from the Sarasota-Bradenton Intl. Airport, after major safety violations were uncovered.
Heli Aviation owned by Niclas Herle ( https://nickherle.com/ ), is headquartered on the west side of the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ), within the 17-acre area along US-41 managed by Dolphin Aviation Inc., which serves as the landlord for approx. 14 privately-owned aviation businesses. For several years, Heli Aviation has conducted Aerial Fire suppression services with state departments, prescription burning operations with forestry departments, in addition to providing volunteer search and rescue and aerial disaster relief on an “as need” basis. Heli Aviation has provided Florida law enforcement training for numerous aviation units, including the Manatee County Sherriff’s office. As demand for such services rose, Heli Aviation’s expansion began, which included doubling its office size in 2014.
Upon consulting the Airport Authority and Dolphin Aviation seeking approval for said expansion, all parties approved construction. The Airport stated that by being federally regulated, they would not fall under the local county jurisdiction for construction permitting. Yet it was also advised that construction be kept minimally visible and done within the confines of Heli Aviation’s building. In 2014 Heli Aviation’s second office level was nearing completion, when Manatee County enforcement agents entered the building and halted all construction until proper permitting was submitted. The company notified the Airport Authority and Dolphin Aviation of the incident, and assured them it would be handled immediately. However, the response from the Airport Authority and Dolphin Aviation was unexpectedly hostile, and it was communicated by the Airport that Heli Aviation should make sure to keep them out of any local authority disputes and attention. The company hired a general contractor to produce needed documentation to the county, when it was discovered that the entire west-side of the Sarasota-Bradenton international airport lacked any required building permits for all of its leased offices. Heli Aviation’s contractor and assigned county inspector were in disbelief and agreed that it would be best to not ‘open a can of worms of this size’. The county agreed that it would not investigate the multiple offices located on the West Side of the airport, as this would halt the operation of several businesses and produce massive litigation and put the airport in a bad light. Ultimately, the county inspector agreed to overlook obvious deficiencies within the aircraft hangar and office currently, if Heli Aviation hired an architect to produce first and second floor building plans for their office spaces. The county official had serious concerns that the hangar would not be able to pass a county fire inspection required to finalize the construction process. With this issue present, the Airport Authority was contacted by Heli Aviation regarding the county’s concern regarding passing fire inspections as well as avoiding attracting county attention to the lack of surrounding permits for existing structures now known to contain offices for commercial lease, that are used for aviation purposes, and deemed high-hazard environments according to building code. At this time, the Airport Authority only had a Airport Rescue Department, that was not considered a certified Fire Department. At the same time this issue was being discussed with county building officials, the Airport Authority made the decision to have its Airport Rescue Department certified as an Airport Rescue and Firefighting Department, giving it full jurisdiction and inspection authority within the airport boundaries. This certification change allowed the airport to exclude local agency involvement in its fire safety affairs. With this sudden change, the Airport was able to conduct any fire safety inspections required for airport structures. After several months of stalled construction efforts, Heli Aviation was finally able to have construction finalized and certified by the Airports newly established Fire Department, which oddly required no modifications and additions to the current buildings. This meant the building could exist while containing no working fire alarm system, sprinkler system, smoke detector, or even fire extinguishers in a commercial structure where hazardous chemicals are stored. Construction was officially finalized in 2016 after two years.
At this time all issues appeared to be resolved, until 2017 when the airport hired a new assistant fire chief, who was not familiar with the ‘good ol’ boys club’ mentality present at the Airport. He quickly became aware of multiple obvious issues present and began citing tenants at the airport for fire safety violations. During this inspection spree, Heli Aviation was wrongfully cited for parking an aircraft support truck within its hangar that the fire inspector mistook for a fueling vehicle because it had a large tank. In fact, the vehicles tank was used to supply water (its tank was labeled for ‘NONPOTABLE WATER’) for remotely located fire suppression missions where water bodies are often limited. This mistake was clarified in detail to the Fire Department at the time the citation was provided via letter, and the issue was then escalated to the Airport CEO by the fire department. The CEO sent Heli Aviation a demand letter stating that the vehicle be removed, or the company would be evicted. The same day, the Chief Fire Marshal and multiple APD officers arrived at Heli Aviation’s office to demand the truck be moved outside immediately. During this exchange, Mr. Herle showed the individuals the truck and its equipment and explained the mistake that had been made. During the discussion Mr. Herle told the Fire chief that this new Fire Department employee was being ridiculous to worry about a truck inside of a hangar, when the hangars themselves had no fire safety systems or detectors. To prove this point, Mr. Herle pulled the fire alarm present inside of the first-floor office that was supposed to activate the hangars fire alarm system. When nothing happened, the officers were shocked and confused, while the Fire chief knew exactly that these systems have been inoperable for several years. The fire Chief immediately suggested that Mr. Herle arrange an appointment with the Airport CEO, and that they could arrange a time for the fire department to inspect and approve the truck for interior hangar storage. Strangely, several tenants at the airport store actual fuel tanks and hazardous chemicals inside of their hangars and are not required to undergo any type of inspection for approval of such interior storage.
An appointment was made with the Airport CEO, and an inspection date was set with the ARFD. The inspection was embarrassing for the Airport Fire Department, who required the assistance of a neighboring fire department to conduct the inspection as they were not able to operate their own testing equipment. Furthermore, the equipment yielded false positives the moment it was turned on, and it was discovered during the inspection that the machine had not been calibrated in over 6 months (the manufacturer confirmed the equipment required daily calibration to yield accurate results). Following the inspection, the meeting with the Airport CEO, Chief of Airport Police, Fire Chief and various upper management Airport Authority figures commenced, with Mr. Herle and Mrs. Trimpe in attendance on behalf of Heli Aviation.
The Airport CEO confirmed that the inspection had been passed and that the airport would withdraw its current citation. However, the Airport CEO then demanded that the company remain quiet about the issues presented, and not cause any more ‘issues’ at the airport. Mrs. Trimpe told the Airport CEO that his actions made the Airport a public safety threat, as they ignored blatantly illegal building conditions and fire safety standards. The Airport CEO denied knowledge of or responsibility for the problems existing. Immediately after the conclusion of the meeting, the airport installed a camera system to observe Heli Aviation’s hangar 24/7, in hopes to find any violation that could be used against the company. It’s important to note that no violations were reported. (...continue reading below)
This photo shows Building B2 in 2001. (1 of 12 total buildings) of which we have knowledge of. Permit was issued for "Aircraft Storage" use.
This photo shows Building B2 in 2013 with an added 1st office floor. No permit was ever pulled, or fire system put in place.
This photo shows Building B2 in 2019 with an added 2nd office floor. No permit was ever pulled, or fire system put in place.
Since 2002, SRQ Airport Fire Dept. has been aware that hangars were only permitted as "aircraft storage hangars", and did nothing when several office buildings were illegally built inside, and did not contain adequate fire alarm and suppression systems, or proper occupancy certs.
This photo shows the Building Permit Application of Hangar B2, where the Airport and Dolphin Aviation clearly mention "Build Airplane Storage Hangar". No mention of office use.
This photo shows the Certificate of Occupancy for Hangar B2, that clearly states as Type of Permit: "Storage Bldg".
As a result of this meeting the airport authority was forced to have fire systems installed throughout all of the buildings on the West side of the airport. The Airport Authority forced Dolphin Aviation to pay for the installation, and Dolphin Aviation tried to mitigate the costs of the installation by having their own employees attempt to install said systems to save money. It’s important to note that Dolphin was only required to install working fire alarms, and to this day has no suppression or detector equipment installed throughout the hangars or offices that are operable. Retrofitting a proper fire system alone, would cost the Airport Authority and Dolphin Aviation on average between $4-7 per sqft, totaling approx. $720,000.00 - $1,260,000.00. This does not include the fact, that the airport was collecting taxes for properties that were never considered offices in the first place (this estimation would reach far over $3,214,080.00), as well as costs to upgrade each building to current building codes, resulting in additional $640,000.00. Heli Aviation’s findings could cost the Airport Authority and Dolphin Aviation an estimated $5Mio., not including lawsuit settlements resulting from tenants being unable to use their leased spaces, and fines issued by the county (It is to note, that these are facts that we are currently able to proof with factual evidence).
During this time, multiple instances arose where Airport employees would harass and threaten Heli Aviation employees. Most notably, during a routine maintenance test flight, an airport operations employee ran underneath the moving rotor blades of Heli Aviation’s aircraft and screamed “move this fucking helicopter!” at Mrs. Trimpe. Mrs. Trimpe called the airport CEO immediately after the incident and demanded that this type of harassment stop immediately. The Airport CEO promised that he would ensure the mistreatment ended, but no actual action was ever taken to do so. Instead, the harassment escalated until it reached a maximum peak in 2019. During the months of February and March, two threat letters were sent to Heli Aviation and Mr. Herle’s personal residence. The first letter pretended to be from Mr. Herle’s ex-wife but was obviously falsified. The letter read, “Tiny Man, Tiny Brain, Tiny P****”, and the letter was addressed to Heli Aviation’s office, and listed Mr. Herle’s old address as the return address.
The second letter was addressed to Mr. Herle’s new home address (with his previous address listed as the return address) and detailed how "Niclas Herle will end as alligator shit after being chopped into pieces and tossed in a Florida swamp. It IS coming”. The sender included Mr. Herle’s father within the letter, and it was obvious that the letters intention was to make it known to Mr. Herle, that this person was aware that he had recently moved from his previous residence to a new location and he would be unable to “hide”.
During the same time the letters were sent to Mr. Herle and the company, an unknown man confronted Mr. Herle in the Airport parking lot outside of Heli Aviation, threatening him “to stay away from the Airport, or he’ll be sorry”. The man appeared to have a military occupation given his haircut and physical appearance. After threatening Mr. Herle outside of his office, the man walked through the parking lot towards Dolphin Aviation’s office. Soon after, in April, Mr. Herle’s girlfriends (Mrs. Freeman) vehicle would be vandalized on Airport property in a parking lot, while Mr. Herle was out of town in Lee county Florida flying a prescription burn for the Florida State Department. Mrs. Freeman filed a police report regarding the damage, and the threat letters Mr. Herle had received were handed over to the airport police who tried to downplay their significance and refused to investigate their origins. The letters were significant to the investigation, as the postage for the letters was confirmed to have originated from a post office in close proximity to Mrs. Freeman’s ex-husbands work location. However, the APD would continuously claim throughout their investigation that they did not want to investigate the ex-husband’s involvement with the car damage, since they wouldn’t be able to charge him criminally for damaging a vehicle, he co-owned. Mrs. Freeman told the police that she believed Mr. Herle’s ex-wife may have also committed the damage, which resulted in Mrs. Trimpe being interviewed by the APD. Mrs. Trimpe informed the officers that the most likely suspect was Mrs. Freeman’s ex-husband, who was angry about her relationship with Mr. Herle, and had removed her from the car insurance policy just a week prior to it being damaged. Furthermore, Mrs. Freeman and her ex-husband had several heated arguments about her returning the vehicle back to him so he could stop making payments on the car lease. For this reason, Mr. Herle purchased his girlfriend a new vehicle, so the ex-husband would stay out of her life.
The APD refused to investigate the ex-husbands involvement for reasons unknown, and insisted that they wanted to find reasons to investigate Mr. Herle for the damage, and proceeded to ask Mrs. Trimpe several questions about Mr. Herle’s company, including “if the company was legitimate”, and told Mrs. Trimpe how the airport wanted to look into the company closely. The officers also lied and told Mrs. Trimpe that Mr. Herle had indicated her to be a prime suspect, which directly contradicts the APD’s own police report, which states that Mr. Herle had provided police with no suspects and had only provided them threat letters he had received prior to the vandalism. After the interview with Mrs. Trimpe, the APD would investigate former employees of Heli Aviation, and even pressured one individual into making a statement to an official within the FAA FSDO, that was a personal friend of one of the police officers. The FAA official personally contacted the person and explained to them that they needed to submit a statement to them via fax, so that they could help their “friend” out and investigate Mr. Herle’s company as a “favor” to the cop and the airport. However, the FAA investigation yielded NO negative findings, and the APD communicated to Mrs. Freeman’s husband during multiple phone conversations that they were working to find any information they could use to charge Mr. Herle with the car damage, and also shut his company down. Several weeks passed without new information, and the APD assured the husband that they were ‘expanding their investigation’ in order to find other reasons to bring charges against Mr. Herle. During this time, the APD contacted former employees of Heli Aviation in order to find out any disputes with past customers that had existed. They focused on one situation in particular, of an aircraft sale in January 2019, where an individual had purchased an aircraft from Mr. Herle’s (Heli Aviation’s) sister company. They contacted this former employee frequently about the sale, trying to find out contact information of the purchaser and event details.
Mr. Herle was out of town during this time period, flying once again, a mission for the Florida State Dept. between Wednesday, May 29 to Thursday, May 30, 2019. On May 31, 2019 at 10:46AM EST, Mr. Herle received a call from an Airport Employee (who's name is know to Mr. Herle, and who would like to remain anonymous to protect his job and livelihood, but is willing to talk to Media outlets), told him that Seargant Beal of the APD is "going around" to find any type of "probable cause" to arrest Mr. Herle within the next couple of days. During the weekend of May 31 and June 3, 2019, Mr. Herle attended a cruise to the Bahamas with Mrs. Freeman, and would not return until late afternoon of June 3 at the Sarasota Airport. Moments after Mr. Herle landing his helicopter at the Airport, a SWAT team swarmed Mr. Herle and arrested him for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Mr. Herle was peaceful with the arresting officers and quietly followed them to their vehicles. During the arrest the Airport Police pulled up to Mr. Herle and began yelling threats at him that they would “put a bullet in his head if he returned to the airport again”. Shortly after the arrest the Airport began distributing a video of the arrest that airports’ employees had filmed, in which the employees can be heard making fun of Mr. Herle in the background. The employees distributed this video to several individuals, including Mr. Herle’s own family members. Later that evening, Sergeant Beal of the APD contacted Mrs. Freeman’s ex-husband and told him that he was excited he was able to arrest Mr. Herle for something like this, because he would use the charge to keep Mr. Herle from returning to the airport, and also make sure that his “fucking company never did business at the airport again”. He also told the husband that he was still trying to figure out how to charge Mr. Herle with damaging the vehicle, but that he also had multiple charges he planned on charging him with in the near future (which the officer had to find “probable cause” reasons for), but that he wanted to spread them out, so that he could mentally break Mr. Herle down and have his bond revoked if he bailed out. Beal also warned the ex-husband that he would have to charge his ex-wife with the crime as well, in order to charge Mr. Herle, but that it should help the ex-husband with his custody battle over their two children. Mr. Herle’s bond was set to an astronomical $100,000.00, which later got reduced to $10,000.00, which Mr. Herle paid.
Mr. Herle would end up being the only individual charged for the vehicles damage at a felony level (at which time Mr. Herle was not even in town), and for filing a false police report, again at a felony level, that Mr. Herle had in fact NEVER filed. Prior to Mr. Herle’s arrest, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) posted on their various Social media pages (including Facebook) that Mr. Herle was ‘on the run’ and wanted for the aforementioned crimes. However, Mr. Herle had no knowledge of the warrants, since warrants are not made public information prior to being served. To make matters worse, and in order to damage Mr. Herle’s reputation entirely in the community, the APD listed Mr. Herle at the “Top-10 Most Wanted Fugitives” in the area. MCSO officers would raid a private residence Mr. Herle’s parents were staying at twice, and during one visit would forcefully search the home without a search warrant.
On June 26, 2019 Mr. Herle was arrested once again, for filing a False Police Report and Criminal Mischief at a felony level. After learning of Mr. Herle’s arrest, Mrs. Freemans ex-husband contacted Sergeant Beal of the APD and asked him when Mrs. Freeman would be charged with the crime as well. Beal explained to the husband that he had a “change of heart” with the case, and decided he only wanted to charge Mr. Herle, as Mr. Herle was “a thorn in the airports side”, and wanted to make Mrs. Freeman appear to be a “victim” of the circumstance, so that he could make Mr. Herle appear like a “dangerous individual”, with the sole purpose to damage Mr. Herle’s reputation within the community. After Mrs. Freeman’s ex-husband learned of the arrest for the vehicle damages, he sent Mrs. Freeman a disturbing text message regarding the vehicle. The message read:
“I don’t know what to tell you. I absolutely freaked out. I didn’t know how to handle myself and now I’m realizing how irrational and insane my reaction was. I shouldn’t have threatened you.. I shouldn’t have yelled. Saying sorry is obviously not going to fix this…” “…I will not escalate anything by calling the cops or anything. I meant what I said about the car and I would never report it stolen. I just said things to make you angry like I am right now…”
The same day that Mr. Herle was arrested for the additional two felony charges on June 26, 2019, the Airport Authority filed for eviction against Heli Aviation, citing (conveniently) the “arrests” by their VERY OWN police department, as the reason for the eviction. The eviction notice contained multiple false allegations that never occurred, or never involved Heli Aviation or Mr. Herle. The eviction notices also stated that the Airport Authority did not need to wait to see if the charges were found to be legitimate in order to conclude that Mr. Herle and his company were a public safety threat to the airport. This eviction notice was ultimately deemed inadmissible by the judge during the eviction trial, as it contained only hearsay allegations that were not supported by documentation or supplementary evidence. The Airports eviction filing would be dismissed on October 31, in Manatee County. On November 1, when Heli Aviation sent an employee to pay the November rent in person, the Airport would issue the same eviction notice to Heli Aviation once again, using the same letter from the original eviction filing, that had just been deemed inadmissible a day prior in court.
During the long eviction proceedings, the airport police would regularly wait outside the Heli Aviation office, and harass employees and customers of the company. They would bang on customer car windows and threaten them to stop using this company. Employees became fearful of working at the airport due to the police threats and would regularly inform the manager that they wanted to continue working there but could not out of fear that Airport Police would harm them or accuse them of false crimes. Employees at the airport FBO would regularly warn Heli Aviation’s manager, that Airport Police and FBO management, instructed employees not to speak with her, and not assist them with anything they needed. Tenants at neighboring hangars also warned the manager that Airport Police were going around to tenants and calling her a “f**ing b***h” and instructing them not to speak with her or anyone from the company because they were going to make sure they were evicted. One customer was harassed so severely, that he was forced to file multiple internal complaints with the police department he worked at, in order to protect himself. His police department he worked for, was so irritated by the APD’s failure to abide by their demand that APD officers have no contact with this employee, that they forced the employee to avoid the Sarasota Airport completely in order to avoid contact with APD officers.
On July 5, Sergeant Beal contacted Mrs. Freemans ex-husband to inform him, that he was working on getting a 4th felony charge pressed against Mr. Herle, and hoped that this would revoke Mr. Herle’s bond. He told the ex-husband that he had to keep this information “under the radar” since the warrant wasn’t approved yet. This fourth charge would result in the another arrest of Mr. Herle for Grand Theft, a charge that claimed Mr. Herle somehow stole items, that were in fact, his own property. Again, APD used “probable cause” to arrest Mr. Herle, even though the Airport Police knew, that the property they’re claiming to be stolen, was in fact owned by Mr. Herle. This way, there would be another arrest on Mr. Herle’s record, and another “mugshot” posted throughout the community, ultimately damaging Mr. Herle’s reputation and credibility. The officers knew, that the charge would most likely “not stick”, but it would be sufficient to ruin Mr. Herle’s reputation and credibility, in the hope, that Mr. Herle, would simply leave the area, so the Airport would never be exposed with the illegal issues within the airport, that could result in Millions of Dollors of damages to the airport, and possibly losing a contract with one of the cooperating airlines, the Airport just signed a contract with.
After this fourth charge was filed, Mr. Herle began receiving warnings from individuals about threats they had been hearing around the airport regarding him and his company. In fact, one evening while going for a walk around his neighborhood (located in close proximity to the Sarasota Airport), an unknown individual pulled up to Mr. Herle in a vehicle and told him “if you don’t leave the fucking airport you’re going to eat a bullet”. The unknown man then drove away quickly, and his vehicle plate had been covered by duct tape, obviously in premeditation of carrying out the threat. At the time, Mr. Herle wanted to file a police report regarding the threat, but was advised by multiple people that he shouldn’t, since it was obvious the APD would use this report as an opportunity to try and charge him a second time with a felony for filing a false police report. In fact, every time the APD has filed a charge against Mr. Herle it has purposefully classified the charge as a “felony”. The reason for doing so, is to attempt to destroy Mr. Herle’s career as a pilot and attempt to have any reason to effect Mr. Herle’s status within the United States. However, the threats would continue, with random vehicles constantly circling around Mr. Herle’s residence, and while his mother was using Mr. Herle’s BMW SUV, a tracking device was placed on the car, which is against Florida Statute 934.425. The tracking devices serial codes and identification information had been stripped and removed upon investigation.
SWAT Arrest at Sarasota-Bradenton Intl. Airport
On August 17, a recently hired flight instructor at Heli Aviation attempted to send a student on a solo flight during dangerous weather conditions within an aircraft that had been grounded for maintenance, and without the legally required instructor endorsements needed for the student to conduct such a flight. Mr. Herle attempted multiple times to contact the instructor via cellphone, and through the office phone, in addition to contacting a person present at the office at the time for an unrelated tour flight. This instructor had been briefed on multiple occasions prior to August 17, regarding the appropriate procedure for sending students on solo flights, in addition to which aircrafts were able to fly and what aircrafts were currently grounded. The instructor’s actions were so grossly negligent, that to this day it is not understood why she would place the student’s life, and other persons lives in such obvious danger. When no one answered the multiple phone calls, Mr. Herle realized he had no choice but to enter his OWN office location to remove the aircraft keys before the student grabbed them, in order to make sure no one used the aircraft, which could of resulted in a catastrophic crash. The company security cameras showed the student beginning to remove the aircraft from the hangar so that he could take it out for a flight, despite the weather conditions and lack of endorsement from the flight instructor.
Mr. Herle quickly entered the office to remove the aircraft keys, and as he was walking out the door, he told the new flight instructor “you are fired”. The flight instructor was angry about being fired and would go on to give various conflicting accounts of the incident to a competitor company of Heli Aviation’s at the Sarasota Airport. The competitor told her that she should contact the Airport Police and claim that she was yelled at when she was fired, so that the police would pursue Mr. Herle once again. The Airport Police would proceed to illegally storm Heli Aviation’s office and hangar with guns drawn that same day. Thankfully no one was present at the office at the time this occurred, despite the officer’s false allegations that they believed Mr. Herle was inside of the office at the time they broke in. Once again, the Airport police are using this incident as an attempt to charge Mr. Herle with trespass, for entering his OWN office building to prevent an illegal flight from occurring and a possible fatal accident. The Airport Police claim to this day that they had issued a trespass to Mr. Herle from his office, but no actual documentation was ever provided detailing this trespass, and the only verbal communication made relating to it was on June 3 during Mr. Herle’s arrest, where an APD officer told Mr. Herle, “don’t you ever come back here, or I will personally shoot you - so let’s see how you want to run your company now, Motherf**er!”. It’s important to note that Heli Aviation’s office is not a part of the Sarasota Airport, and is located in a General Public access area outside of the Airport’s Restricted Area boundaries.
The Airport Police would also begin tracking the company’s helicopters and call in false reports to neighboring airports of suspicious aircraft flying in the area, in order to have police show up wherever company pilots landed for fuel and contract work. The harassment escalated when one red R22 helicopter landing at Albert-Whited airport and was held at gun point while attempting to take off for a flight. The aircraft and persons inside were not affiliated with Heli Aviation or Mr. Herle at all, yet, the police detained the student pilot in the back of their car for several hours claiming that he must be Mr. Herle and was just operating under a new alias with falsified identification. The pilot and student pilot were so traumatized by the incident that the pilot involved contacted Heli Aviation’s manager to warn her that she should fear for her employees and Mr. Herle’s safety. To this day, no one knows why the police were doing this and why the police were looking for Mr. Herle.
Mr. Herle has had to hire a personal bodyguard to protect himself against the constant threats and illegal surveillance of himself and his family members. The suggestion was made to him by several local cops who anonymously reached out to him to warn him that APD had been contacting them about attempting to arrest Mr. Herle’s mother, and referring to her as an “immigrant B***h” and they were going to “f**k her too”. The cops told Mr. Herle that he should hire personal protection, and make sure his mom did as well whenever visiting the area. To this day, Mr. Herle is required to spend several thousands of Dollars for personal protection and a bodyguard service. Since the beginning of this nightmare scenario, all of the charges have been dropped by the State prosecutor, with the exception of the original alleged aggravated assault charge.
Mrs. Trimpe would go on to file a complaint against the Airport Police Department after 3 consecutive incidents of harassment occurred in a three-day period involving three different Airport Police officers. During one incident, Sergeant Beal slowly drove by her with his truck window down staring angrily while simultaneously making an obscene sexual hand gesture at her. The officer assigned to the internal investigation was a part of the extortion email sent to the company demanding money after Mr. Herle was first arrested, and is also the officer who made a call to the state prosecutor demanding that they press charges against Mr. Herle and “do their job”. There is no doubt that the investigation will result in zero corrective action being taken to address the misconduct.
To this day, the relentless surveillance and harassment of company employees and Mr. Herle continues. The APD has partnered with the MCSO’s aviation unit (pilots who received their training at Heli Aviation), in order to conduct constant illegal aerial surveillance of several residences using their IR FLIR camera system to view the interior of his residence. There is no doubt that the APD will attempt to create several new bogus charges to bring against Mr. Herle, and anyone associated with the company, in order to satisfy the Airport Authority. The Airport Authority has turned their own privately hired police department into a personal weapon to carry out their personal agenda, as the airport still attempts to keep the key safety issues under the radar and away from the public.
Witnesses, Airport Employees, etc. mentioned within this statement, can be contacted through this website.
In consideration of the past and ongoing torment, including but not limited to; police misconduct, malicious prosecution, false imprisonment, witness tampering, defamation of character, damage to current and future earnings, personal anguish and intentional destruction of Mr. Herle’s life, career and company, financial restoration shall be sought. The aforementioned items are not inclusive of the current and past financial losses incurred already from massive legal fees, personal protection fees, and otherwise, that have been necessary to endure this wicked public prosecution and reckless endangerment of life under the false guise of criminal law enforcement . With all considered, Mr. Niclas (Nick) Herle and Heli Aviation shall be seeking financial compensation in excess of 20 Million Dollars from the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, Dolphin Aviation and all other entities and persons found to be associated with this malicious and immoral destruction of life and livelihood.
County Documents showing Airport's Hangar building plans, proving illegal office construction on west-side of Sarasota Airport.
Sarasota Airport Police Dept. - Sgt.
Dolphin Aviation, Inc. - CEO
Sarasota-Bradenton Intl. Airport - CEO
Heli Aviation Florida, LLC - CEO
Heli Aviation Florida, LLC - Operations Manager
Sarasota Airport Police Corruption | Sarasota-Bradenton Intl. Airport vs. Niclas Herle | Stop the Corruption. Stop the Sarasota Airport | Niclas Herle | Nick Herle | Niclas Nick Herle
Copyright © 2020 Stop Sarasota Airport - All Rights Reserved.